Abby Sun is the Director of Artist Programs and Editor of Documentary Magazine at IDA. She is a 2022 Warhol Foundation Curatorial Research Fellow.
Most recently, Abby was the Curator of the DocYard. As a graduate researcher in the MIT Open Documentary Lab, she edited Immerse from 2020-2022. She also co-curated My Sight is Lined with Visions: 1990s Asian American Film & Video with Keisha Knight. Expanding on the latter's programmatic urges, Abby and Keisha launched Line of Sight, a suite of artist development activities, in 2021. Through her work, Abby considers the power dynamics in the documentary form’s inherent smudging of reality, with a particular interest in the media infrastructures and cultural artifacts of moving image circulation.
Abby has bylines in Film Comment, Filmmaker, Film Quarterly, MUBI's Notebook Magazine, Sight & Sound, Hyperallergic, and other publications. She has served on festival juries for Hot Docs, Dokufest, Cleveland, Palm Springs, New Orleans, and CAAMfest, as well as nominating committees for the Gotham Awards and Cinema Eye. Abby has reviewed artist and project applications for Brown Girls Doc Mafia, National Endowment for the Arts, SFFILM, LEF Foundation, Sundance Catalyst, IDFA Forum, Princess Grace Foundation, and spoken on and facilitated panels at TIFF Doc Conference, NYFF Talks, EFM, Locarno's Future of Attention, and other film festivals. Her latest short film, “Cuba Scalds His Hand” (co-directed with Daniel Garber), is streaming on the Future of Film is Female. Abby is producing Jordan Lord's sophomore feature, The Voice of Democracy. Her hometown is Columbia, Missouri, US.
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Photo by Shevan Bastianpillai, courtesy of World Records.